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Not a US Citizen or Permanent resident? Want to apply for financial aid, but cannot apply for federal aid due to your immigration status? Have you attended a California High School for three full years and graduated from a California High School or received your GED or passed the high school equivalency exam in California? You may be eligible for state financial aid under the California Dream Act. Read on!

CURRENT FCC STUDENTS

· Apply NOW for Spring 2014 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver!

· Did you graduate in 2013, but were not awarded a Cal Grant? Complete a 2014-2015 Dream Act Application and GPA Verification Form. Submit both by March 2nd to be considered for your high school entitlement Cal Grant.

CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

· Complete a 2014 – 2015 Dream Act Application for a Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver and for Cal Grant competitive awards. For more information, read on and visit www.caldreamact.org.

Dream Act Information

Until the passage of the Dream Act, undocumented students were not eligible for federal, state or university funded financial aid. Under this new law, undocumented students who qualify under AB 540 criteria may now be eligible for certain types of financial aid. The California Dream Act Application is used to determine a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid. For detailed information on the California Dream Act, please visit csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp. Additional information is also available in UC Santa Barbara's California Dream Application Tutorial.

What is the California Dream Act?

The Dream Act is really two laws that were passed in 2011 and allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:

  • Board of Governors Fee Waivers
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships

Check with your college financial aid, scholarship, EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs offices to see what is available.

What is an AB 540 student?



You are an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Attended a California high school for at least three years;
  • Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college; AND
  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

Please contact our Admissions Office to determine if you are AB 540 eligible.



Available Types of Aid:



Several types of state and institutional aid are available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act.

Check out the chart below for additional information, eligibility and application timing. You can also link directly to several of the required applications from the chart, under the "Type of Application Required" column.

Grant/Scholarship

When to apply

Who do I contact, or where do I apply?

What is it?

Type of application required

Privately Funded Institutional Scholarships

Apply annually by deadlines – check with your college

Scholarship or Financial Aid Offices

Helps pay for education-related expenses

Institutional application(s).

FCC Scholarship Application.

Board of Governors Fee Waiver

Apply now for Winter/Spring 2013 term and annually thereafter

Financial Aid Office

Waives community college enrollment fees for eligible students

California Dream Act Application* or BOG Fee Waiver Form

Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs

Apply now

EOPS/CARE or CalWORKs Offices

Varies; may include services such as tutoring, book vouchers or other types of financial aid for those who meet specific eligibility requirements

Institutional application(s)

Community College Transfer Entitlement
Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B

January 1 – March 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 term

Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering tuition and education-related expenses for eligible students transferring to a baccalaureate degree granting institution

California Dream Act Application* and GPA Verification Form**

Cal Grant B -Entitlement

January 1 – March 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 term

Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering education-related expenses for eligible recent high school graduates

California Dream Act Application* and GPA Verification Form**

Cal Grant C

January 1 – March 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 term (number of awards are limited)

Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering education-related expenses for eligible students in occupational or career technical programs

California Dream Act Application* and Cal Grant C Supplemental Application and GPA Verification Form**

Chafee Grant

Apply as soon as possible each year (applications open in January; number of awards are limited)

Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering education-related expenses for eligible foster youth

California Dream Act Application* and Chafee Grant Application

* To apply for any or all of the financial aid programs requiring the California Dream Application, you only need to complete and submit ONE application.

** Refer to the GPA Verification Form available on the California Dream Act website, at www.caldreamact.org, to help determine who needs to certify your GPA. If you have further questions, check with your Financial Aid Office.



Where do I start?

Follow the steps below to get started on the road to fulfilling your college dreams!

1. Find a California public college near you, and explore the majors and course offerings, and cost to attend.

2. Complete the admissions process for the college you have selected to attend.

3. The Fresno City College Admissions & Records Office will contact potential AB 540 eligible students at the email address listed on the Admissions Application regarding AB 540 eligibility criteria, and the deadline to submit the required AB 540 Affidavit Form.

3. Apply for financial aid. For more information about the types of financial aid available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act, refer to the chart above. You can link to many of the required applications directly from the chart, under the "Type of Application Required" column. Need assistance completing your financial aid application? Our office can help! For a listing of scheduled Financial Aid Application Workshops, visit our Financial Aid Outreach page.

4. Meet with a college counselor to develop a plan to help you achieve your educational goals.



Now that I’ve applied, what happens next?

1. Your Dream Act application will be processed by the California Student Aid Commission and sent to each college you listed on your Dream Act Application (Processing occurs continuously for new applicants throughout academic year; January 2014 - June 30th 2015).

2. The Fresno City College Financial Aid Office will download your Dream Act Application information and manually match that application with your Fresno City College Admissions Application record (Early March 2014).

3. The Fresno City College Financial Aid Office will determine if you are eligible for a Board of Governor's Fee Waiver. Eligibility is determined by financial need and your AB 540 residency status as determined by Admissions & Records (Early March 2014).

4. Create a Web Grants for Students account to monitor your Cal Grant Award.

5. Submit your signed AB 540 affidavit to the FCC Admissions & Records Office immediately after you graduate from high school.

6. Submit any requested financial aid forms to the Fresno City College Financial Aid Office.

Last updated: 4/1/2014 4:54:38 PM